Wednesday, February 6, 2013

DIY Literature Display

With all my new little print items, I needed a display. My display rule is nothing should ever lay flat on the table. Ever. I have designated racks and baskets for all my jewelry so my bookmarks and notebooks definitely needed something to help them stand out!

Literature displays (fits books, brochures, pamphlets, etc) are really expensive. You can buy them in clear acrylic, wire, wooden, and all sorts of sizes. Well I'm not ready to for out $60 for a display for new and experimental items so I decided to try my hand at building my own. I did well enough in shop class and architectural drawing.

I wanted something to display smaller items so I chose a shallow multi tiered design.

Here's the pattern for reference. Sorry it's so busy. My brain works this way.

This can be made out of anything relatively thin and easy to cut/score. I used cardboard because I have access to a lot of it and, well, not much else in the realm of materials. Cardboard is difficult to make clean cuts with but there's a lot of room for error. I swapped between an Xacto knife and a regular pocket knife for larger cuts.

This sucker is tall enough so the top tier is at a comfortable eye level when placed on top a folding table. Each tier holds one of my 6" bookmarks very well without hiding much. The lip on each tier is 1" but you may want to choose to make it larger or smaller depending on what you're putting in it. Each tier is slanted so the bookmarks slant backwards. This way they won't fall over the front.

I attached the pieces with plenty of packaging tape and glue along the edges to seal it.

The back is open, mainly because I didn't want to cut a piece of cardboard that big. Ha. But now you can also put items in the back to weigh it down. When those convention goers decide to swing their bag onto the table or not pay attention while running around, all your paper products won't go flying.

Another bonus: hide your table clutter! Every show I have to find somewhere to put my phone, water bottle, merch bags, extra business cards, etc. Now I can hide that ugly mess and weigh down a light display.

  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive materials
  • Can be customized for all products
  • Do it yourself!

  • Can't break down for easy transport (this thing is huge)
  • Cardboard does not survive too many shows
  • Ugly. Needs painting or covering up

And voila!


  1. This is awesome! I love that it's multi functional - display your awesomeness while hiding your clutter :)

  2. Love this display, it not only is functional, but it is also economical andd good for the environment~! C: All that cardboard was put to good use rather than lying around / being put into the landfills~

    1. You know I hadn't considered that aspect of it. Cardboard is just something I have a ton of!